Three Draft Sleepers at Every Position: Edge Rusher

Ask any NFL GM what the three most important positions are, and they’ll say: quarterback, left tackle, and edge rusher. Disrupting the entire offense is the edge rusher’s job. It’s an important one, no doubt, and few can do it at an elite level.

There have been some notable steals at the edge rusher position in NFL history. Some examples include: Justin Houston, taken in the third round; Robert Mathis, taking in the fifth round; and who could forget Cameron Wake, who went undrafted and played in the CFL before terrorizing the NFL?

So, in the 2018 NFL Draft class, who are some sleepers who could emerge as steals at the edge rusher position?

Joe Ostman, Central Michigan

If any teams need someone who has that lunch-pail mentality, Joe Ostman is your guy. He’s a hard-working, weight room machine who racks up a ton of sacks. As a redshirt junior, he collected nine sacks. In his senior season, he produced fourteen sacks, which was in the top five in college football.

Projected Round: 6th Round

Projected Team: Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City released Tamba Hali this offseason, and they need another sack production artist. Ostman will fit well in the Chiefs’ system, and his blue-collar mentality will fit in Kansas City.

Central Michigan DE Joe Ostman.

Marcell Frazier, Missouri

Missouri is known for it’s solid pass rushers, with players like Sheldon Richardson, Shane Ray and Markus Golden having respectable NFL careers. Marcell Frazier could join them in that conversation. He’s active in both the run and the pass game and is a true sleeper in this year’s draft.

Projected Round: 4th Round

Projected Team: Buffalo Bills

Buffalo needs some youth in their front seven. Shaq Lawson hasn’t lived up to the hype and there’s no one else on the roster screams “I am the future.” Frazier can come in and compete for some solid snaps.

Missouri DE Marcell Frazier.

Kemoko Turay, Rutgers

I often think that the word “raw” is an inaccurate assessment of most prospects. However, Turay is the exception. He’s an amazing athlete but needs to be fine-tuned to become a great player.

Projected Round: 4th Round

Projected Team: New England Patriots

What makes Bill Belichick one of the great NFL coaches is that he learns from past experiences. In the AFC Championship game, Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue was disruptive and symbolizes a new wave of skinnier, athletic edge rushers. Also, Belichick loves Rutgers prospects, so this seems like a good fit.

Rutgers DE Kemoko Turay.


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